Welcome to Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University

We introduce Chinese language and culture to the community
OUR FACTS.

Established on July 7, 2009, the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University was created through a partnership between Western Michigan University and Beijing Language and Culture University.

It is the fourth such institution in Michigan and the 61st to be founded in the United States. The Confucius Institute at WMU is a non-profit organization created to provide new Chinese language and cultural studies options for WMU students and faculty and to dramatically expand international opportunities for regional K-12 schools and local businesses.

The institute is supported for its first five years with funding from the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), which is matched by WMU, largely with support for such things as office space, personnel needs, assistance to visiting professors, faculty time in several colleges for institute work,  

 

travel, curriculum development and designation of an institute director. In addition to faculty salaries, funding from Hanban also provides operating funds on an annual basis.

Beijing Language and Culture University provides teachers on an annual basis to the Confucius Institute at WMU who are trained in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and conducting Chinese and cultural courses. In its inaugural year, the institute and the WMU community welcomed from BLCU six new teachers and Associate Director Dr. Jiwei Fu, who will greatly aid the institute in carrying out its mission. Currently, the institute is holding meetings with local area school districts to begin providing Chinese language classes to middle and high school students. In addition, the institute is working towards offering Chinese culture courses available to the public beginning in spring 2010.

OUR GOALS
  • Teaching Chinese language and culture to WMU students and members of the greater community
  • Promoting international cooperation and exchange of students
  • Strengthening collaborations between local schools and community businesses to train teachers and offer language and culture
  • Hosting workshops, summer camps, fine arts events and travel opportunities
  • Developing students ready to meet competitive, global market demands
  • Aiding WMU's development as a dynamic international university with strong ties to Chinese partners

DIRECTORY

 
Dr. Donald McCloud
DIRECTOR
Dr. Haitao Yu
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Kimberly Ritter
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR SCHOOL OUTREACH
Linjia Jiang
WEBSITE MANAGER
  Our Teachers   
  Xu Zhou | 周旭
Teacher | Portage Northern and Central High Schools

Xu Zhou is a  teacher at Portage Public Schools with the Confucius at Western Michigan University. 

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  Yun Zhou | 周芸
Teacher | Amberly Elementary School

Yun Zhou is a teacher at Amberly Elementary School with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

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  Zhe Feng | 冯喆
Teacher | Montessori School of the Kalamazoo area

Zhe Feng is a teacher at the Montessori School of the Kalamazoo area with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. 

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  Ajun He | 何阿珺
Teacher | Confucius Institute

Ajun He is a teacher at Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.She received her master’s degree from Minzu University of China.

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  Bin Miao | 苗宾
Instructor / Confucius Institute

Bin Miao is a Chinese Culture Class instructor at the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

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  Chenxing Fang | 方辰星
Teacher | Meadow Brook Elementary School

Chenxing Fang is a teacher at Meadow Brook Elementary School with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. 

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  Hua Xiao | 肖华
Teacher | Meadow Brook Elementary School

Hua Xiao is a classroom teacher at Meadow Brook Elementary School with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. 

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  Jun Zeng | 曾竣
Teacher | Portage Northern & Central High Schools

Jun Zeng is a teacher at Portage Northern and Portage Central High Schools with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

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  Li Liu | 刘丽
Teacher | Forest Hills Northern and Central High Schools

Li Liu is a teacher at Meadow Brook Elementary School with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

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  Li Wang | 王莉
Teacher | Northern Trails 5/6 School

Li is from Ningxia province,where she is an English teacher in a high school.She loves her students and she can make her class lovely and interesting.

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  Lin Li | 李琳
Teacher | Meadow Brook Elementary School

Lin Li is a teacher at Meadow Brook Elementary School in Forest Hills Public Schools.

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  Lin Zhang | 张琳
Teacher | Lake Center Elementary School

Lin Zhang is a teacher at Lake Center Elementary School with the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

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  Qiong Wang | 王琼
Teacher | Forest Hills Northern and Central High Schools

Qiong Wang is a teacher in Forest Hills Public Schools with Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University.

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  Ruyuan Yang | 杨如愿
Teacher / Confucius Institute

She is from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, which is famous for its tropical rainforest and minority culture.

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  Shengang Wang | 王身刚
Teacher | Confucius Institute

Shengang is a Chinese Language instructor at the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University. 

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and what they say...

 

  • The Chinese Language and Culture Program has not only exposed young learners to a world language and made them more culturally aware, it has also assisted the students in being more confident learners and build brain development and flexibility
    Mary Daoust / Amberly Principal
  • We look forward to the wonderful new opportunity to study, (experience) cultural exchange” and promote a deeper understanding between the United States and China
    John M. Dunn / President of WMU
  • This partnership allows Portage schools to expand learning opportunities for our students at a minimal cost. Our students are no longer only competing in an educational or career market with the students sitting next to them in class or in another state.
    Ric Perry / Portage’s interim superintendent